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Penn State DuBois to Offer Classes on Marcellus Shale

6/23/2010 —

DUBOIS – Penn State DuBois Continuing Education (CE) will offer a Marcellus Shale certificate program beginning in August. This program consists of multiple courses to provide students with a broad introduction to the Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania, including legal, environmental, and geological perspectives.  It will prepare area residents for increased activity surrounding Marcellus Shale drilling in Central Pennsylvania, and ready them for possible employment opportunities with companies working in this natural gas boom. 


"We are working closely with local exploration companies to develop curriculum to train those already working in the industry to work in Pennsylvania, and to educate the local workforce for the growing field," said CE Representative Jeannine Hanes.


Marcellus Shale is an enormous natural gas reserve found within black shale, deep underground, throughout much of Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Ohio.  According to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, "The production of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation is important because it produces a clean-burning, Pennsylvania-based energy source in an environmentally sound manner. It also provides economic benefits to communities."


According to a Penn State study, the natural gas found in Marcellus Shale could be equivalent to the energy content of 87 billion barrels of oil, enough to meet the demand of the entire world for nearly three years.


Some courses that Penn State DuBois will offer to help residents become familiar with the booming natural gas industry are: Introduction to the Land Professional in Pennsylvania; Introduction to Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania; Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: Nature of Geographic Data and Spatial Information; Geological Fundamentals of Natural Gas; Fundamentals of Hydrology/Environmental Concerns; Introduction to Basic Legal Principles and Ethical Responsibilities; Introduction to Real  Estate Law; Introduction to Legal Research, Title Abstracting, Use of Records, and Legal Documentation; and PA Oil and Gas Law.


Students may register for chosen courses individually or choose to obtain an entire certificate. Classes begin August 10. 


For more information, contact Jeannine Hanes at (814) 375-4836.

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